NRL Grand Final 2019 : Everything you need to know about the NRL Grand Final between the Roosters and Raiders. The Sydney Roosters are looking to be the first team in 26-years to go back-to-back but have piled on the heartbreak to one of their stars.
The Sydney Roosters are on the verge of doing something no team has done since the Brisbane Broncos in 1992-93 and win back-to-back titles.
The Broncos also did it in 1997-98 but the 1997 title has an asterisk as it was during the Super League war.
But Roosters prop Lindsay Collins has proved to be one of the unluckiest players in the league, as he is set to watch tomorrow’s game from the sidelines again.
In 2018, Collins played just six games before he played the qualifying final and preliminary final, only to be dropped for Dylan Napa for the decider.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson famously gave up his $10,000 diamond-studded premiership ring to Collins.
The youngster had starred in Sydney’s preliminary final win over the Rabbitohs but was denied a place in the grand final.
After starting the year in first grade, Collins was in and out of the team again this season, playing 14 games, including last weekend’s preliminary final against the Storm off the bench.
But the return of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has seen the forward dumped again, dropping off the bench while Roosters skipper Jake Friend still remains a chance of a Grand Final birth.
“That’s footy,” he told foxsports.com.au. “You can’t look at it that way, you’ve just got to look at the year that we’ve had and stuff like that … the last two years, really. I think to be a part of the journey the whole time and to be around the boys is a reward in itself anyway.
“You want to play in the grand final obviously, but to be a part of the team and be a part of the journey and all the work that’s been put into getting here is a reward.”
It comes after Waerea-Hargreaves admitted he needed to be a cleaner player after living through the toughest night of his career watching the preliminary final from the sidelines.
“I don’t have anything to say (about the judicial process) bro,” Waerea- Hargreaves said. “For me it’s just choosing my times.
“We players know there’s a match committee and as players we need to be better or cleaner. That’s all I can really say.”
Waerea-Hargreaves has been charged six times in 2019, including twice being exonerated at the judiciary, spending four weeks on the sidelines.